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Govt hopes to update Shared Values through National Conversation

Published on Nov 16, 2012 3:46 PM
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File photo dated Oct 27, 2012 of Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong speaking at Our Singapore Conversation citizen dialogue session. The Government hopes to update the Shared Values drawn up 21 years ago, through the National Conversation, said Mr Wong on Friday.-- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

THE Government hopes to update the Shared Values drawn up 21 years ago, through the National Conversation, said Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong on Friday.

He was responding in Parliament to Nominated MP Eugene Tan, who had asked for an update on the status and relevance of the Shared Values, which were mooted in 1988 and passed in Parliament in 1991. The five values, which aimed to anchor Singaporean identity on some common threads, include "nation before community and society above self" and "family as the basic unit of society".

Mr Wong said Our Singapore Conversation was deliberately designed to be more open-ended so Singaporeans could share the aspirations and values important to them, instead of delving immediately into policy issues. These could be values which resonate strongly with many Singaporeans, reaffirmation of things that are going well, a recalibration of "things that need to be adjusted and to refresh" or doing new things, he said.

Through the process, the committee hopes to get a better understanding of values important to Singaporeans and "it may indeed be an update or it may be different from the Shared Values that we had in the past".

 
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